When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained. (Psalm 8:3)
If you’ve ever been on a military installation, you will know where you are. What I mean is that when you are on an Army post there are signs everywhere reminding you that you are…well…on an Army post. Some of the signs are just that, literal signs with directives or explanations and the like. Some of the signs are unwritten, but they still speak. Maybe it’s a platoon of Soldiers moving in formation, or a retired piece of armor on display, or the sound of ranges in use in the distance. Direct or indirect, there are signs that you are on a military base. You would have to not pay attention to miss them.
Creation is like that. It’s a group of signs, some obvious and plain stated and others less direct, but signs, nonetheless. The heavens, the moon, the stars—all these identify where we are and Whose property we are on, they are signs that the Creator has ordained to reveal our location. Not just the actual geographic details on a map, but the context of our lives. We live in God’s world, taking in the air we breathe and the light we see and the breeze we feel from His creation.
He’s not an angry landowner, by the way. He likes that we enjoy His property. He made it for us to use and enjoy and experience. However, He doesn’t like when we fail to recognize that it is His property, that we are His property. It’s not that He is insecure and needs to constantly claim, like an angry child, “This is mine! Not yours!” Rather, God desires that we see His world for what it is, a revelation of Himself to and for us.
Think of it and be amazed that when we consider the heavens and the earth and the majestic creatures He has placed therein, especially you and me—His image-bearers—when we consider these things, we consider God. We honor God. We experience God. Take some time today to consider where you are and remember Whose you are. Consider.
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